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Bus Stop Boulevard comes to The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

By on July 2, 2018

The Bus Stop Boulevard, a customised street scene full of inspired and upcycled Manchester bus stops, will make a welcome return to this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park (18 – 22 July), supported by Bruntwood.

Continuing to champion greening and growing in an effort to create healthier and more sustainable cities, the RHS has partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for the second year to select four finalists from across Greater Manchester to design planted up bus stops as part of the 25m Bus Stop Boulevard.

Show Manager Isobel Coulter said: ‘These innovative, greened-up stops were hugely popular at last year’s show, and we are thrilled to welcome them back with an all new boulevard layout. With themes celebrating everything from the joy of carnivals to the power of pollinators, this year’s designs offer so much green inspiration to get people thinking and growing.’

Bus Stop Boulevard 2018 will include the following:

  • Inspired by the powerful symbol of the Manchester Bee, Ben Thomas has created ‘The Buzz Stop’, offering an ideal location for the 250 plus bee varieties in the UK to meet up and indulge in an array of pollinator friendly plants, alongside honey comb and beehive inspired planters. The perfect place to ‘bee’ together.
  • As Manchester’s only independent plant retail space, Plant Shop are passionate about greening up urban areas, and have created a design full of information on the benefits of plants and the best spots for them to thrive in. This stop promises to get you growing!
  • After bringing their infectious carnival spirit to the Show a few years ago, Cabasa Carnival Arts CIC will be injecting this into a Bus Stop design in celebration of the life-giving, tropical rainforests of Brazil and the Caribbean, as well as the cultures and the people of the carnivals they are home to.
  • The children at St Charles RC Primary School and their local community have helped to design ‘The Bus Stop of Hope’ which features a dove made entirely of chrysanthemums and a map of the world, in the hope that this important message can be enjoyed and shared.

Head of Commercial Mike Mellor of TfGM said: ‘We are thrilled to be partnering with the Royal Horticultural Society again in 2018. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and this green initiative is a fun and creative way to engage with Greater Manchester communities. Following the success of last year’s Bus Stop Boulevard, we are looking forward to seeing the final designs come to life.’

The combined tram and show ticket offer created last year in conjunction with Transport for Greater Manchester will continue again this year. Buying a combined ticket in advance provides travel by tram from any Metrolink stop to either Altrincham or Manchester Airport, where a free shuttle bus operates to and from the show.

For more information and tickets to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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